I was out trail running tonight. On the way up I passed a wild-eyed guy singing LOUD to himself. On the way down I passed him again. As he saw me approaching he said something to the effect of "I'm hungry for dodder", and suddenly reached down, pulled up a hand full, stuffed his mouth, and began chewing. He proceeded to explain it's really nutritious, good for the eyes, and considered good for "virility" in Chinese medicine. We chatted and I went my way.
Now I'm familiar with dodder- as a parasite, not as something you can eat. I would've stuffed a fistfull on the trail with him...were it not for the wild look on his face....
Can you eat this stuff? Or is it just the guy with the crazy eyes?
I can't find much info on it as an edible.